Jerry Ellig

Jerry Ellig

Research Professor
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Dr. Jerry Ellig is a research professor at The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center. His research focuses on regulatory impact analysis, regulation of network industries, and performance management in government.

In 2017-18, Dr. Ellig served as chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission. He was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University since 1996.  Between August 2001 and August 2003, he served as deputy director and acting director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission.  Dr. Ellig has also served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress (1995-96), an adjunct professor in the George Mason University School of Law (2005-08), and an assistant professor of economics at George Mason University (1989-95).

Dr. Ellig has published numerous articles on government regulation and management in both scholarly and popular periodicals, including the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Regulation and Governance, Public Choice, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Managerial and Decision Economics, Journal of Politics, Business & Politics, Antitrust Bulletin, Administrative Law Review, Federal Communications Law Journal, Texas Review of Law & Politics, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, and Washington Post.  His co-authored/edited books include Government Performance and Results: An Evaluation of GPRA’s First Decade, Dynamic Competition and Public Policy, New Horizons in Natural Gas Deregulation, and Municipal Entrepreneurship and Energy Policy.

He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of St. Xavier High School. He received his B.A. in economics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Dr. Jerry Ellig - Curriculum Vitae


Public Interest Comments:

IRS's Safe Harbor Notice on State and Local Tax Credits, July 10, 2019
IRS Qualified Business Income Deduction, April 8, 2019
IRS's Proposed Rule on SALT Credits, October 12, 2018

Working Papers:

Restoring Internet Freedom as an example of How to Regulate, June 3, 2019

Popular Media:

Here's How Federal Agencies Can Write More Effective Regulations - And Win Regulatory Battles in Court, Washington Post, by Jerry Ellig & Catherine Konieczny
Selling Santee Cooper: Competition Should Be Part of the Plan, The Post & Courier, by Jerry Ellig
Ill-Considered Tax Credit Regulation May Put the Squeeze on Charities, TaxpayersReal Clear Policy, by Jerry Ellig, April 5, 2019
Consumers Seen on Hook for $42 Billion From Trump's DeregulationBloomberg, citing Jerry Ellig, 3/28
Airline Seat Regulation: The Gift That Keeps on TakingRealClearPolicy, by Jerry Ellig, 12/7


Francisco Franco Still Dead, Naked Alcohol Protectionism Still Unconstitutional, July 3, 2019
IRS Rule on Charitable Deductions: A Worthy Goal, a Skillful Fix, but Surprisingly Thin Evidence, June 17, 2019
Electric Utility Competition — In South Carolina?, January 28, 2019
Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on State Alcohol Protectionism This Month, January 9, 2019
Now Available: A Concise Explanation of the FCC’s Economic Analysis on Net Neutrality, November 19, 2018
FCC Clears Last Hurdles to Creation of Economics Office, October 25, 2018
IRS Tax Credit Regulation: Too Much SALT?, October 15, 2018